Thursday, September 01, 2005

Getting Ready to "Catch" your "Feed"

We will try to post this primer a couple of times before next Saturday’s first distribution of the podcast, The Cavern Today produced by the international across shard group Cavern Communications Network.

As listeners can imagine CCN is getting excited to see all the work and inspiration becoming a reality. Now we need to let you know how you can "catch" your cast. The first way and best way is to subscribe to a provider like Ipodder or Itunes. Ipodder is a favorite feeder, because it is free and independent. A feeder is geek/web talk for the distribution service. The feeder does not create the podcast or even store it in most cases. The feeder merely sends out the podcast to subscribers who sign up for the feeder service and would like specific radio type programs, called podcasts to be delivered to their desktops while they do something else. It runs in the background, and should not interfere with other activities. When you want to listen to the program, you just click on the program that is already listed in your Ipodder index. That simple.
Ipodder’s instructions for set up are here.

The service is free, but the providers will ask for a donation. Use it awhile and see if you think it is giving you what you need. I find it refreshing they are interested in the future of this technology. The lemon is their logo to designate fresh and cutting edge.

Welcome to the Golden Age of Podcasting

The other service to try is Itunes. Itunes is a free service also. You will not need an Ipod to play your podcast. You can play it on your desktop. It may be too commercial for some of you, but CCN thinks it's just a wonderful easy-to-service that is very portable. You can use an Ipod, or another MP3 player to play the casts, or you can even burn them to cds directly using the Itunes player. The following are highlights of what Itunes says about podcasting.

Radio Is Finally Free

Podcasting is radio your way. Defy programming schedules and listen to whatever you want, whenever you want. Podcasts are radio-style shows — some from major media, others from passionate individuals [or teams like the Cavern Communications Network] delivered over the Internet to your computer. Unlike streaming audio, which requires you to listen in real time, podcasting lets you control how and when you hear [The Cavern Today or other CCN productions].

Cast of Thousands

Until now, searching for podcasts was like scanning for radio stations in a strange city — except you’d be browsing thousands of podcasts in a teeming metropolis called the Internet. And if you wanted to subscribe to a podcast [like the The Cavern Today program] well, you needed additional software to keep everything up to date. There had to be an easier way. Enter iTunes built-in podcast support. Here is the address to click on:
And there are other feeders, dozens most likely that were developed to compete with these two biggie subscriber services. The CCN crew supports this technology, because it is easy to use and deserves our appreciation for what it accomplishes. It will keep cavern explorers updated about cavern information and entertained too.


A few explorers are skeptics or cannot access the feeders for one reason or the other. In that case you can download the cast. This first cast will be almost an hour long, but our producers have decided to separate in at least two parts for a less impact download. In a few days we will be able to give you the download address. Finally, if you still want to preview what you’d be subscribing to get eventually, you can listen to the podcast streamed over teamspeak on September 10th at 3pmEDT and encored on September 18th at 3pm EDT.


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